I have written a number of short stories and other pieces of creative writing over the years.
How I Met My Wife
This comes from my now-defunct wedding website. (The website is defunct, not the wedding -- we're still going strong.)
Where I Was on 9/11
This was a reflection solicited by another student after the September 11 attacks.
This is the last of the Slate Hill stories (so far), though it's set in the Northern Territory of Australia. Liz Hurd was a friend I met down under, who asked to be put in one of my stories.
How to Play Jazz
My creative writing teacher assigned us to write a creative "how to" piece.
This story originally ended with a cutesy little line about "be prepared." Luckily the other people in the class convinced me to re-write the last scene.
Left, Right, Left
This was the second, and best, of my Slate Hill stories. Prof. Becker told me he never expected to read a story with the line "He had a hankering for some pierogies."
The Lost One
This tale of post-apocalyptic Peru was the final project for my freshman seminar, Basic Themes In Science Fiction. The local color (which I don't claim any high standard of accuracy for) came from another class I was taking on the culture of Peru. I had a bit of fun with the language in this one, doing things like finding key Quechua words (thanks to Gary Urton for the translation of "chinkan") and picking names that Peruvians would see as city-folk names or country-folk names.
A Gift From He Who Finds The Waters
I had high hopes for the world this story is set in, which is pretty clearly based on pre-Colombian Andean culture. Unfortunately I never came up with a longer story to tell in it.
The Holy Sword
The world this story is set in is about as stereotypical for fantasy as you can get. I like to think that setting aside world-building questions allowed me to do a better job of plot and characterization than I'd been able to manage previously
The Red Cloak
My goal in writing this was to do a deeper character than those in my earlier stories. Unfortunately, I wound up more with a nervous tic and elaborate battle scenes.
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